Domaine Fayolle Fils et Fille Crozes Hermitage “Les Pontaix” Rouge
WHY WE LOVE IT
- “Les Pontaix” comes from a small Lieu-Dit sitting on clay-limestone with clay pebbles.
- It is the most traditional of Fayolle’s wines, their oldest label in production, and their most sought-after Crozes Hermitage cuvee.
- This wine is a “must” for anyone looking to experience the mineral depth that can be found from old vines sitting in the original Crozes appellation boundary.
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Elaboration: Careful parcel selection. Manual harvest. Destemmed fruit. Tradition vinification in stainless steel vats. Aged in stainless steel vats and oak vats (20% new wood).
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied, exuding ripe black fruit, leather tones, and peppery spices. Wonderful minerality, with a fine and balanced finish.
The brother/sister team of Laurent Fayolle and Céline Nodin (6th generation) operate this small family estate in Gervans, where they produce Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and St. Peray. Crozes-Hermitage is a somewhat weird appellation – Originally it was close to the Hermitage hill, stretching to the North, covering a mere 750 acres in Crozes, Largange, Gervans and two other tiny villages where the soils are very similar to Hermitage. Over time the acreage was expanded by a whopping 3800 acres, but in another area, South of Tain- l’Hermitage, on totally different soils. The idea was that more production would make it easier to sell. This worked for the “new” production, but not really for the “old” as production is lower due to the (granite) soils and rather steep hills. This also explains a rather big difference in prices between the two. Fayolle is one of the very few “original gangsta” producers left, as they are focused on making wine from individual vineyards in the original appellation boundaries, most notably on sites known locally as Pontaix and the Clos des Cornirets.